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Midnight Phantom


Published 1935


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Run time 0:56:46
Audio/Visual sound, b&w

Reviews

Reviewer: picfixer - - February 7, 2010
Subject: With friends like these, who needs enemies?
This is an odd one. The opening forty-five minutes of this fifty-nine minute who-done-it are spent establishing the motives of the victim's potential killers, which doesn't leave a hell of a lot of time to solve a complex crime. Never fear. The murder finally takes place at a police lecture on criminal personalities, during which there is an incredibly un-PC lineup that is more laughable than offensive. Like many '30s mysteries, the solution stretches credulity to the breaking point, which actually is part of the fun. The suave Reginald Denny has star billing, but this really is an ensemble piece with others getting more screen time. The bottom line is a 2 ½ star mystery that gets an additional ½ star for being an interesting curiosity. Recommended for who-done-it buffs looking for something unusual. FOOTNOTES: This appears to be a typically glitchy Alpha Video print with cutouts that reduce the runtime by about two minutes. Fortunately nothing of significance is lost.
Reviewer: billbarstad - - April 15, 2009
Subject: Bah!
The screenwriter and director should have been marched out and shot. The acting ranges from competent to awful.

I downloaded the mpeg2. What a waste. Anyway, there are numerous missing frames. Otherwise, the audio and video are fine.
Reviewer: jimelena - - September 18, 2006
Subject: Seen better
Seen worse.
This isn't exactly a car wreck, but pretty close.
Reviewer: terracesider - - May 9, 2006
Subject: Corn
This is a strange one. Characters are introduced, possible plot lines established and then it all telescopes into 15 minutes of corny who-dun-it.

Yet somehow the end product is an enjoyable way to pass an hour.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - May 2, 2006
Subject: Gee!
This bizarrely paced thriller gets it all wrong for some odd reason. Instead of killing off the person who needs to be killed (and we find out early that that person is going to be killed, the way he sets himself and the characters up) and then creating a mystery leading to the solving of the case, the film introduces us to characters, sets up ridiculous some ridiculous family dramas, and THEN gets around to the murder in the final 15 minutes or so, and goes on to solve it in that time! As usual, itÃÂÃÂs the guy you least expect that does the deed, but I had my suspicions from the start! Anyways, the bad guy is executed, and one of the characters says, ÃÂÃÂGee!ÃÂÃÂ to that. I agree. This movie is fun to watch though for the bizarre story structure though, and the pacing makes it quite entertaining.
Reviewer: ridetheory - - April 21, 2004
Subject: Plenty of Talking
With a title like this, you might expect the film to have an exciting pulp fiction character in it, possibly a criminal mastermind in a mask, but you would be wrong. What you get instead is a lot of talk, most of it in a police chief's office. Plenty of people have a motive to murder him, and after a whole lot of chin music, one finally does, choosing a pretty ridiculous murder method -- poison darts (just like the pygmies use, we're told). Nice cliche scene: newspaper presses run, bundled papers come out, paperboys pick them up and the headline appears. There's an action sequence at the beginning -- a montage of old police prowl cars racing around like gangbusters that has nothing to do with the plot, and a chase scene about twenty minutes in. Apart from that, the rest of the film is yak, yak, yak...
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